Yemen`s Saleh to address the nation `very soon`

Yemen`s wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh is recovering in a Riyadh hospital from a bomb blast.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011, 16:09 PM IST

Sana’a: Yemen`s wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh, recovering in a Riyadh hospital from a bomb blast, is to address his people "very soon", the Defence Ministry`s website reported on Monday.

Health Minister Abdul Karim Rasei, who visited Saleh on Saturday, said the embattled President would "very soon speak directly through the media to the Yemeni people”, the website 26sep.net reported.

The President, wounded in an attack on the mosque in his palace compound in Sana’a on June 03, is "improving each day and is in good health”, said the minister.

Saleh, who has faced four months of protests calling for his ouster, was flown to Riyadh for treatment a day after the explosion.

On Saturday, an informed Yemeni source in Riyadh said the 69-year-old leader was in poor condition and suffering breathing problems.

But 26sep.net reported that Rasei had "spoken with the President, who seemed in good health”, adding that Saleh and other senior officials wounded in the attack were all out of danger.

Eleven people were killed and 124 others wounded, according to Yemeni officials.

PTI